Diamond Supply Co.’s, Nick Tershay, recently linked up with artist, Tito Rodriguez, for a special 2013 Christmas giveaway. Rodriguez has always been one to give back to his community and this past holiday season was no different. Check out the Long Beach native’s latest visual, “A Diamond Christmas,” which documents Rodriguez’s recent travels throughout the city in his quest to surprise underprivileged kids with free Diamond Supply gear. The lucky winners that were chosen were those who exemplified a positive attitude, were respectful and worked hard in school.
Producer J-Zone catches up with Mass Appeal on their latest episode of Rhythm Roulette. Take a look as Zone heads to the local records shop, makes three random selections and puts together a beat on the spot at his home studio. Watch as J gets busy on the drums, throws in some scratches and creates a dope instrumental from nothing.
Childish Gambino apparently is a man of many talents. Recently, the rapper decided to visit Tim Westwood on Capital Xtra for a one-on-one interview and treated listeners to an impromptu freestyle. With a few of his production equipment ready to go in the the studio, the rapper chopped up a quick beat on the air and laced the track with a few bars. Gambino’s Because The Internet is set to drop on December 10.
Legendary Hip Hop producer Pete Rock links up with HYPETRAK TV for an in-depth interview on a number of different topics. Rock gives insight behind strictly using hardware to make beats rather than conforming to today’s digital standards, his massive vinyl collection which is stored in several locations and touches on the evolution of Hip Hop’s subject mattter. Pete also gets into details on his past relationship with Heavy D, what music he listens to, Yeezus and so much more. Check out how it all went down and be sure to pick up Rock’s most recent mixtape titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s 2 which is now available.
Elliott Wilson is back with a new episode of his Life+Times web series and this time Wilson catches up with Miami big shot DJ Khaled. Watch as Khaled speaks highly of his new Suffering From Success LP and explains that he’s been consistent with delivering nothing but hot anthems to fans summer after summer. The DJ-producer continues with addressing the recent public backlash he’s received from fans who feel a certain way about his latest single, “I Feel Like Pac/I Feel Like Biggie,” which makes reference to both rap legends. Downplaying the reaction from fans, Khaled tells Wilson that fans need to use their intelligence and listen to the words as they are only paying homage to two of Hip Hop’s greatest acts. DJ Khaled also addresses his special relationship with Rick Ross and gives insight behind the significance of his album title.
Producer Scoop DeVille gears up to release his upcoming mixtape entitled Scoopaloops in just a few weeks on November 12. Recently, Travis Barker appeared on radio station KROQ for “The Kevin & Bean Show” to premiere the project’s first single “Losing My Religion” which also showcases some drumming from the Blink 182 member. Take a listen as DeVille serves up his own rendition of the the popular R.E.M. track and makes it all his own.
Timbaland releases a new snippet for “This Track Is Stoopid” featuring Pusha T. Not revealing too much of the specifics behind the song, the super producer did clarify the collaboration took place in 2012 and that there are numerous versions of the song which feature various artists from Virginia. However, earlier in the year Timbaland and Missy Elliott took to Twitter and made mention of the song and for a moment it appeared fans would be treated to an early leak but unfortunately it never surfaced. Take a listen to the latest offering from Timbo which showcases only a verse from “King Push.”